L'attualità del mercato dell'arte di Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973)

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Fast money on the art auction market: from Picasso and Basquiat… to flipping Ultra-Contemporaries [27/09/2022]

Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat represent two of the most important figures in 20th century Art History, but in auction market terms their works generate more turnover than any other artists living or dead. While Picasso regularly takes top position in our annual auction turnover ranking (with over $550 million in 2021), Basquiat reached second […]

An overview of Christie’s big New York results last week… [17/05/2022]

Christie’s New York hammered a whole series of exceptional new auction records last week. If we include the staggering $195 million paid for by Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn on Monday 9 May (see our article “Andy Warhol’s portrait of Marilyn Monroe fetches top price ever paid for a 20th century artwork”) – which imparted […]

A stunning selection of Masterpieces in May! [10/05/2022]

The major sales in May will be offering works from a number of exceptional collections including the Macklowe, the Ammann, the Anne H. Bass, the Maezawa and even the Gersten and Jacobs collections. So important are these collections that the sale of their “nuggets” promises to revise several global auction records! An Andy Warhol Marilyn […]

Sotheby’s Hong Kong: an exceptional start… [03/05/2022]

Last Wednesday, three marquee sales at Sotheby’s Hong Kong took a total of 221.8 million dollars, the highest amount ever achieved in a single evening at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. This spectacular total included the sale of an exceptional De Beers Blue Diamond that fetched 57.5 million dollars, one of the highest prices ever paid for […]

Top 10 auction results around the world in Q1 2022 [08/04/2022]

During the first quarter of 2022, more than 200 artworks fetched over a million dollars at auctions around the globe. At Sotheby’s the key signatures were Magritte, Botticelli, Monet and Hockney, while prestige sales at Christie’s were above all animated by an incredible canvas by Franz Marc, a triptych by Francis Bacon and a couple […]

Sotheby’s sales dominated by Magritte [08/03/2022]

On 2 March, Sotheby’s prestige sales of Modern and Contemporary Art in London were dominated by several paintings by Claude Monet, three works by Banksy (from the collection of singer Robbie Williams) and, above all, a masterpiece by René Magritte which generated by far the best result. $79.5 million: René Magritte’s new auction record A […]

What’s coming up in March? [18/02/2022]

The calendar of major art auctions has been underway since the end of January, in particular with the sale of Botticelli’s superb The Man of Sorrows, a masterpiece that fetched $45.4 million at Sotheby’s New York at the end of January. Nevertheless, the pace will accelerate in 15 days: Christie’s and Sotheby’s are once again […]

Artprice looks back over 2021 auction highlights and the NFT phenomenon [11/01/2022]

The term ‘NFT’ has been elected word of the year 2021 (all languages combined) by the Collins English Dictionary. The blockchain technology supporting the existence of NFTs was officially born in 2017, but it is only in the last ten months that it has attracted the general public’s attention by inviting itself into the art […]

French artists on top of the market! [07/12/2021]

As the year closes, we add up and compare the market performances of the artists at auction all over the world. Our initial conclusions, in early December, indicate that 2021 is going to be one of the best-ever years for artists of French nationality (or French residence), far outstripping the overall results for artists of […]

The high end market for prints: focus on Hokusai’s Great Wave [10/11/2021]

Matisse and Picasso, Haring and Basquiat, Warhol, Richter and Banksy… the year’s top-selling prints have shown a distinct preference for Modern & Contemporary works over ‘historical’ works. Indeed, the appeal of the new is perfectly illustrated by the fact that the year’s highest price in this medium so far is for a work by Banksy, […]

Market temperature in Hong Kong after Sotheby’s recent sales [19/10/2021]

In the first half of 2021 Sotheby’s posted a spectacular total of HK $1.3 billion ($167 million) from its Hong Kong Modern Art sales, a new record for Sotheby’s in Asia. Christie’s, for its part, posted a clear turnover increase on its HK fine art sales during H1 2021, with a significant evolution in the […]

Artprice analyses the art market’s dazzling recovery from the health crisis in H1 2021, fortified by its digital transformation [04/08/2021]

In the first semester of 2021 the art auction market managed to recover all of its dynamism. If all goes well, the art fairs which will resume in September. They will, however, have to contend with a substantially modified market characterised by the sensational arrival of NFTs and sky-high prices for works by very young […]

Sotheby’s last big sale before the summer [22/06/2021]

The final stretch of Sotheby’s major Contemporary art sales in Hong Kong, with 22 June as the last day of no less than 12 days of bidding. The particularity of this voluminous Contemporary art session is not only related to its duration and its online action, but also to its choice of curator: a certain […]

Over a billion dollars worth of art sold in New York this week [14/05/2021]

The high-end art market appears to have regained its full strength with sales totalling $691 million at Christie’s and $677 million at Sotheby’s. This week’s activity clearly signals a return to pre-pandemic dynamism. The two auction majors have just dispersed nearly $1.4 billion worth of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary works (11 – 13 May). We […]

Monet and Basquiat tomorrow at Sotheby’s… Over $40 million each? [11/05/2021]

On 12 May in New York, Sotheby’s will be hosting two evening sales: one dedicated to Impressionist & Modern art, the other to Contemporary art. The two most expensive works – a Monet and a Basquiat respectively – could each exceed $40 million. An important painting from Claude MONET’s Water Lilies series and one of […]

What Christie’s has in store for us in May… [04/05/2021]

A clear sign the art market is returning to its pre-pandemic condition, the catalogues for Christie’s mid-May sales see the return of major masterpieces… in number, in diversity and in price… Whereas all the indicators were in the red last year with a constrained and impoverished market, the selection of Modern and Contemporary works due […]

New records in Hong Kong [23/04/2021]

Hong Kong plays a key role in Sotheby’s global fine art auction activity, generating almost a quarter of its global annual turnover. In 2020, the American company was the best performing fine art auctioneer in Asia as a whole, taking $563 million in the region. This week, Sotheby’s Hong Kong closed eight “Spring sales”. We […]

Historic volume of transactions in the first quarter [20/04/2021]

Despite all the restrictions art market professionals have faced, Q1 2021 ended with a historic record in terms of the number of lots sold on the auction market. During the first quarter of 2021, more than 112,000 artworks changed hands in auction sales around the world. This remarkable figure illustrates the strong growth dynamic of […]

A stimulating end of quarter at Sotheby’s [06/04/2021]

Having hosted Paris-London cross-geography and cross-category sales with a catalogue combining Giulio Romano and Gilbert & George, as well as Impressionist and Contemporary Art online sessions that elicited strong demand, Sotheby’s ended its first quarter on a high note with a total turnover of $208 million for 25 and 26 March alone. Van Gogh’s « Street […]

Christie’s generated $274.8 million on 23 March [26/03/2021]

Christie’s pursued its online commitment in the framework of its prestige spring sales with three global live-streamed auctions from London, Hong Kong and New York on 23 March. Dedicated to 20th Century Art, the sessions generated a combined total of $274.8 million and included Jean-Michel BASQUIAT’s Warrior (sold in Hong Kong), a London session and […]

Picasso… hot ceramics? [02/03/2021]

Picasso remains the most sought-after and valued artist in the world. His 2020 auction performance once again elevated him to the global number 1 position, both in terms of auction turnover ($245.4 million) and in terms of lots sold (nearly 3,400). Despite all the upheaval and disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Picasso’s market status […]

Japan 2020: a healthy and dynamic art market [16/02/2021]

Neighbouring a Chinese market as powerful as that of the United States in terms of auction turnover, Japan generates only 2% of Asia’s total fine art auction revenue. This is of course a relatively small share at the global level, but in national terms its the eighth largest in the world after Italy and Switzerland […]

Hergé, comic strip legend, starts the year with a new record [15/01/2021]

Artcurial kicked off 2021 with a sale dedicated to comics that included what Artcurial described as one of the most evocative and enigmatic book covers in the Adventures of Tintin series… a rare drawing that was expected to fetch around 3 million dollars. So how did Tintinophiles react? The patience of Tintin enthusiasts has been […]

Sotheby’s… stronger together! [15/12/2020]

As the year draws to a close, the major auction houses have increasingly pursued a ‘big mix’ (all periods together) strategy. This was definitely the case with Sotheby’s recent New York sale which offered a small but solid catalog of works completely unshackled by divisions into traditional ‘periods of creation’. The art from the past […]

Highlights expected at Christie’s at the beginning of December [27/11/2020]

December’s art sales will mark the last salvo of what has been – despite everything – an extraordinary year on the art auction market. Artprice takes a quick look at the most eagerly awaited works on offer as the year’s end approaches. Christie’s Hong Kong… 2 December Visits started on 21 November in New York […]

The Vollard Suite… a case study [06/11/2020]

Although Pablo Picasso taught himself the engraving techniques that he mastered, he actually produced more than 2,500 engravings of various kinds. In the 1930s he produced what has come to be known as the Vollard Suite, a series of 100 prints whose themes and styles provide an unparalleled insight into the life of the Spanish […]

A couple of Parisian art fairs resist: Galeristes and ASIA NOW! [20/10/2020]

Although all the major Parisian art events have been hastily cancelled (the Fiac, Paris photo and even Art & Museum) other fairs such as Galeristes and Asia Now have confirmed they will be taking place, highlighting the rarity of such events in this very difficult period. Galeristes 2020 The 5th edition of the Galeristes art […]

Nicolas Party helps resuscitate art market [15/09/2020]

Ludic and colourful, the work of this Swiss artist is attracting the attention of international collectors.   Nicolas PARTY was born in Lausanne in 1980 and now lives between Brussels and New York. Exhibited by several major international galleries and museums, last year he became one of the youngest recruits at Hauser & Wirth, a highly […]

Pop Art is still popular! [31/07/2020]

.. . . Yes indeed… On 10 July last, Christie’s organized its first ever major ‘worldwide’ auction, baptised ONE. Thanks to streaming technology, ONE took place via 4 consecutive sessions in Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York, and it grossed nearly $421 million in just four hours. Although none of the works sold above […]

Upcoming masterpieces: Picasso, Lichtenstein, Bacon… and many more [23/06/2020]

After months of lethargy, the high-end market is bouncing back into action with Christie’s and Sotheby’s both organising live online sales. We take a look at the offering, including several museum-worthy pieces that could well jump start a prestige market that has been almost dormant for three months. An unprecedented “global” event on 10 July […]

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